There are many dangerous driving behaviors that occur out on the road. People operate vehicles when they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol; they drive cars when they are sleepy or fatigued; and they drive their cars at unsafe speeds. These behaviors keep happening, even though massive strides have been taken in the last few decades to curb these dangerous driving acts.
But the new one that has crept up in the last decade is distracted driving. People will use in-car entertainment systems, GPS devices and/or their cellphones while they operate a powerful, fast-moving vehicle. Not surprisingly, these behaviors are incredibly dangerous and they can lead to accidents. As such, many states have put laws on the books that forbid texting while driving or using a cellphone while driving.
California is just one of these many states. All drivers of all ages are forbidden from using their cellphone to send texts or make handheld phone calls while operating a vehicle. There are also laws that specifically target bus drivers and “novice drivers” (anyone under the age of 18) by forbidding them from using cellphones at all, even if the device is hands-free.
Sadly, even with these laws on the books, there are still plenty of drivers who use their cellphones while operating a motor vehicle. When these drivers act in this way, they put their life — and the lives of everyone else on the road — at risk. Victims of any distracted driving accident should consult with an attorney.